- Category: Fitness
- Created on 19 March 2016
- Written by Camela L. Douglass, M.S. ED.
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Our pop culture has it twisted again. Weight should never be the primary measure of health. Healthy is a lifestyle and should never be confused with a trend. We continue to allow the American culture to annually push us into trends that are popular but in essence make no sense. Just because a fitness guru or celebrity says it, does not make it true. It only makes it profitable.
“Healthy is the new skinny” slogan is graced on apparel, magazines, and carelessly spoken out of the mouths of individuals seeking a paycheck from a trend. It scientifically, medically, and psychologically holds no value. If anything, the movement warps body images and places too much value on what healthy should look like at that moment in time.
The dictionary definition of health is “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially: freedom from physical disease or pain.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Clearly, the focus of health should never be about weight., but about overall completeness. It’s not about embracing someone else’s version of healthy, but about embracing your personal version of healthy.
I’ve never been motivated to be “skinny.” I’ve always been driven by obtaining overall health and did not seek it as a trend. I can remember when I first lost 50 lbs. Many of my family members thought I had gotten “too skinny. “ My sister even said to me “now that’s enough!” They had painted a picture of me as the active “big-boned” woman, not realizing I was truly unhealthy. The small waist and curvy (assumed healthy) body deceived them into believing that I was good. Yet after seeking the help of a healthcare professional and personal trainer, I realized my personal version of health and continue to work to maintain it.
It’s time to identify the “why” and the “how” you’re going to be healthy. Eliminate your chase of trends and embrace your personal version of healthy.
Steps towards getting healthy:
- Decide why you want to be healthy,
- Seek the advice of medical professional to determine your health status
- Make a plan on how you’re going to start and maintain the plan,
- Make better food choices,
- Exercise regularly, and
- Seek emotional & spiritual balance